Two-time national champion college baseball coach Ray Tanner will headline a fundraising dinner and auction next month hosted by a group working to complete a memorial to area first responders by the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
After raising $500,000 in cash and in-kind services from 15 area businesses, the Irmo Fire Foundation project needs $175,000 more to complete the memorial, which will comemmorate the terror attacks and honor area first responders who have died in the line of duty since the attacks. It will feature two 25-foot granite pillars and two steel beams from Ground Zero in New York.
Tanner, whose University of South Carolina baseball team won its second-straight national championship in June, will speak Aug. 25 at a dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Memorial sponsors also will be invited to a VIP reception with Tanner.
The evening also will include a silent auction.
The memorial to police, fire, EMS and military agencies, is being constructed at the convention center, where the foundation plans its unveiling at 3 p.m. Sept. 11.